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Dan Cristelli
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I'm having an issue with my rss feed on my site. Does anyone out there have experience troubleshooting rss feeds, especially from Wordpress sites? I'm stumped.

I'll go into more detail if anyone chimes in, but I've tried a few things and it seems to validate fine...it just doesn't push out the update when I post new content.
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Have you verified that your new content is showing up in the RSS feed itself?
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I have. When I go to the feed I see it there, but it wasn't pushing out to Feedly, or another site which aggregates feeds.

Interestingly, it just updated my Feedly, but over three hours after the initial post. And when I added the feed to a different Feedly account it hadn't shown the new post yet, even though it hadn't scraped it before.

This sounds like a caching issue, but I haven't made any changes to...well, anything.
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Can you confirm whether the delay is

a) the RSS feed isn't updating for a period of time after you make a post

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b) the RSS feed is updated, but Wordpress isn't showing the new items from the feed yet

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Sure. I'll get a little more specific, as that might help. My site is boardeveryday.com. My post from this morning went up as scheduled at 10:00 am and when I checked boardeveryday.com/feed/ shortly thereafter I could see this morning's post.

For the next...well, three hours, I checked Feedly to see if there was an update, which didn't happen until 1:00 or so.

I noticed this problem when my post from Wednesday didn't show up on boardgamelinks.com, which just pulls from feeds and tosses the links up. Wednesday's post and today's post aren't showing on there. I've reached out to the site's creator to see if I can get an idea of whether he's getting an error message or not, but haven't heard back yet.
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To answer your question, it seems like the RSS feed is updating, but isn't get pushed for some reason.
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Seems to be working now. I signed up for FeedBurner. Maybe that helped.
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RSS feeds aren't pushed. Feedly has to pull, i.e. check the RSS feed for updates. It sounds like they may only be doing that at some periodic interval.
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Ah, interesting. I thought they were a push. Just did some reading and found that this is a common misconception based on the pull cycle most RSS readers have. To the reader, it appears that the content is pushed, but it's really just very frequent pulls.
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